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Papa's Cupcakes: Always Fresh and Made to Order

By Marina Jokic

With over 35 specialty and seasonal cupcake flavors and close to ten cake options, Papa's Cupcakes is a home kitchen-based operation that churns out luscious yet not overly sweet pastries. A full-time pharmacist, owner John Ferraro doesn't have reserves of cupcakes stocked in his kitchen, but instead bakes them fresh to order. With a passion for baking and an affinity for sweets, Ferraro wanted to prove to himself he could take his hobby to the next level.

"Before the business was in full force, it was all trial and error," Ferraro said. "Many a [cupcake was] thrown out in the trash."

Indeed, Ferraro tested many flavors in his own kitchen before deciding on his final menu. Inspired by his husband and adopted son who were well acquainted with his superb culinary skills, Ferraro knew he had to make use of his talents. A home baking business, Papa's Cupcakes have consistently outperformed many of the store front bakeries in the Perkasie area, not an easy feat. Along with cupcakes and cakes, Ferraro has branched out into cookies, brownies, and other baked goods depending on customer requests.

Since its official opening, Papa's Cupcakes has handled many catering orders for special events, from weddings to graduations and birthdays. A budding trend in planning events has been customers' preference for individual desserts such as cupcakes rather than entire cakes. In this way, guests can sample a variety of flavors instead of just one. Thanks to Ferraro's dynamic and constantly changing lineup of flavors, Papa's Cupcakes stays on top of the latest flavor trends and fads.

"The cupcakes are made the way I like them, fresh and full of flavor," Ferraro said. "Every single cupcake is made from scratch with butter, sugars and other [fine] ingredients."

The reviews for Papa's Cupcakes speak for themselves. Awarded the "What's Happening" Best of Bucks County for his cupcakes in 2016 and 2017, Ferraro's creations have also taken Facebook and Instagram by storm. This year, Papa's Cupcakes is making plans to open a store front location at 101 North 5th Street in Perkasie much to the excitement of their fans.

Some of the most requested flavors include salted caramel, chocolate cake with caramel and buttercream, blueberry lemon, and Lady Grey with custard filling topped with orange zested buttercream. Tropical flavors such as the coconut custard, Key Lime, and Margarita are also hits with customers. Seasonal favorites like the Guinness cupcake, Irish potato, and Bailey's capture the spirit of the seasons.

"All orders, whether large or small, will be handled with the same love and attention," Ferraro said. "I research [up-and-coming] flavors online from several blogs and combine different fillings, cakes, and frostings."

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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